Reflections on Half a Year

Reflections on Half a Year

Summer time is a time of transition. A time of transition from the early spring to the full bloom of warmth and sunshine (or in the case of the UK, rainstorms), and a time to reflect on the half of the year gone.

When I look back at a lot of my posts over the last 18 months or so, there is a repeated phrase: liminal space. A space where one travels through, never stopping, never staying. Like an airport terminal or the service station at the side of a motorway, the last 18 months have felt like something to travel through. To get out the other side, find a new normal, to find…

Something.

The past six months I’ve had to take my focus away from writing. Life, the ongoing DIY project, and work have all eaten into my time at different points over the last six months. I’ve written less than I did at the start of the pandemic, even though I haven’t got less time per-se, but that’s okay. I’ve found a routine of consistent, less writing, is better than spending a month smashing out words and then taking two months off as the creative well re-fills. We’ll have to see how this new approach takes me into the latter summer months – the time when my creativity seems to have a little dip every year!

Novel Writings

My moodboard for “The Akrion Cycle”

Last year I talked about taking a different pace with my writing, focussing on my ongoing novel edits and switching focus to writing more blogs. I wanted to save up my creative ideas for my editing work, rather than spending my energy focussing on writing multiple flash fictions. I think this was the right choice, I’ve made significant process on my novel over the past six months and now looking to start July heading into the next key section.

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I’ve also now got a Pinterest aesthetic board for my Novel Series! Check it out below:

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This Month’s Posts.

Missed any of my posts from this month? You can find them all below!

You write what you read

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these updates about my fantasy novel The Akrion Cycle (Book 1). The last six months have not got much to show in terms of words on a page, but there have been points of intensive creativity which have pushed the book forward. One of the things … More You write what you read

Ghosts (From the Archives)

The first ghost was an easy hit as it rounded the top of the staircase. Raela loosed the arrow and began searching for the second ghost that she could sense was lurking round the corner. Wait for it, she thought to herself. Her breathing slowed, as she concentrated on the stone bricks that made up … More Ghosts (From the Archives)

March of the Valentas

Ashayra was taller than Miaken expected. He knew that she was from the South, and like all Southeners was always going to be tall, but he did expect her to have to stoop beneath the wooden beamed ceiling to avoid hitting her head. Even Miaken who was the tallest out of most of the people … More March of the Valentas

Anxiety (From the Archives)

Eva squeezed her eyes tightly shut, her nails digging into the palms of her hands so hard she thought they would draw blood. Christ this was hard. It was so fucking hard. She had no idea how people just managed in their day to day lives. That’s what therapy is for, a little voice said … More Anxiety (From the Archives)

An summer’s evening thoughts

This time of year is always my favourite – before the full heat and intensity of summer has hit, but still warm enough to enjoy the outside. Whilst this month has not been one for writing, it has been one for reading. It’s quite a common saying that to be a good writer, you need … More An summer’s evening thoughts

Smoking Remnants (From the Archives)

Ia looked down on the smoking remains of their village. Even from up here, in the safety of the mountains, she could taste the ash on the air. The anger inside her was deep, she had warned the council that the humans were advancing across their borders and yet they did nothing. And still did … More Smoking Remnants (From the Archives)


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